Sustainable Energy & Water Conservation
Denison recognizes that energy and water conservation are key to becoming a more sustainable campus. The college is currently in the process of installing smart meters on its buildings so that current energy use can be monitored, giving the Facilities Department and building occupants opportunities to reduce energy use.
As buildings and spaces are renovated, Denison makes every attempt to install energy & water-saving technologies such as light and motion sensors, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient HVAC systems, low flow plumbing fixtures, dual flush toilets, and waterless urinals.
Renewable energy also has a prominent role on campus. Denison’s alternative living site, the Homestead, has been using solar panels for decades to produce power for the 12 student residents that live there year-round. In 2007, through a gift from John Hunting ’54, Denison installed a solar array on the roof of the Library.
Our students also are involved with energy conservation through annual intercollegiate sustainability challenges:
- Energy Wars
- Water Wars
- See the results of conservation efforts in Denison's water usage (2004-2012) [jpg]
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Denison recently conducted a greenhouse gas inventory using the Clean Air - Cool Planet model. This inventory creates baseline data from 2005 that will allow Denison to track its emissions and to develop strategies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the coming years.
For more information on sustainable energy and water conservation, see facilities services.